Pak Affairs

We can increase remittances in billions to help Pakistan-FOP

The Friends of Pakistan have opened one more chapter in San Diego, a southern California border town where large number of Pakistani expatriates lives from several decades and performing different task of their chosen trades. This event was organized by Friends of Pakistan San Diego Chapter here at Poway Community Center in San Diego on October 4th 2008.

After introducing Friends of Pakistan’s mission, Mr. Farooq Ahmed invites founder and chairman Mr. Sarfaraz Khan to come and introduce FOP and it’s agenda. Sarfaraz Khan took the stage and spoke to audience with his famous heartwarming lexis.

Sarfaraz Khan said that Friends of Pakistan (FOP) have initiated global campaign for expatriates to have right of vote to elect their representatives in overseas countries. He said we, overseas Pakistanis are an asset for motherland and we can help Pakistan in various sectors. We can increase remittances to higher level (in billions) and eliminate energy crises in Pakistan. He said we have the plan to initiate in which we can create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Pakistan.

But to achieve all this we must have representation in Pakistani parliament and in senate to boost sense of security and confidence in expatriates. He appeals to every expatriate to open their heart and mind for their beloved country to help at this critical moment.

Sarfaraz Khan, founder chairman of Friends of Pakistan officially announced here that Mr. Farooq Ahmed would be the president of FOP in San Diego area while Mr. Aamir Khan vice president, Mr. Rafiq Kothawala general secretary, Mr. Fareed Motiwala as treasurer and two well-known Pakistani American Mr. Hanif Balagam and Mr. Pervaiz Raja will serve as advisory council. Newly elected president Farooq Ahmed is very well known figure for community service in San Diego area and he promised to carry on Friends of Pakistan’s mission in his speech.

A large number of women and youngsters attended this event. At last, famous pop singer Hanif Noor Mohammad performs national songs live with his band and received great round of applause.-FOP

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  • Patriotism of Pakistanis could be tested any where in the world by asking them to help their country in rainy days but what about super class of people (richest fuedals, industrialists, drug lords and above all the politicians who successfully run the highly profitable business of politics in the Pakistan. An estimated rate of profit in Pakistani politics is 1000 to million per cent, details can be calculated by politicians increasing wealth. Majority of Pakistanis living abroad are labor class and highly skilled professional. No body give them money for nothing. They have to work hard for it. Some of them are businessmen who also work very hard to earn their fortune. There is no favor or nepotism in open markets of the world. After all these hard work they should give money to the country because few people of super class have taken country wealth abroad. I have lived and worked in Middle East and visited Europe and now living in USA for last 10 years, I found average Pakistan more patriotic that upper class of the country. We are ready to come forward again and will help/ invest in the country but this upper class should be stopped to taking national wealth abroad and participate accordingly in saving and investing in the country. At present two richest group of politician in power, they should provide the biggest share instead of going for begging to the rich nations. The richest nations are not rich by begging but by hard work. The upper class should go and observe how hard Chinese are working, come to USA and observe how people work and live here.The government of Pakistan should imediatly issue foreign currency investment bond offering good rate of return still better than IMF and world Bank, We Pakistanis abroad will buy with our savings and is a great help. The bonds should be gaureneted by international authorities The editor of Pakistan Times is a talented lady who invite us to write these comments. Her services are highly appreciated by Pakistanis living abroad. Pray for the country where majority population is helpless in front of few exploiters of supper class of rich politicians and defense forces have no choice but to defend them in the system. All the best. KHWAJA AFTAB ALI, Advocate & I.P. Attorney